man Harold Francis GAFFANEY‏‎, son of James Aloysious GAFFANEY and Catherine Elenora MARTIN‏.
Born ‎11 Jun 1911 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎16 Nov 1973 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA‎, 62 years
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or "Lou Gehrig's Disease": About 5-10% of the cases of ALS are hereditary, called "familial ALS." In those people, it is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. That means that on a statistical basis, 50% of their offspring are expected to be affected. Of the other 90-95% ("sporadic ALS"), no hereditary factor is evident, and therefore the children are not at risk of inheriting the disease. No cure or treatment is available in either case. Both forms of the disease are identical in terms of diagnosis, clinical courses and outcome. Most die within 2 to 5 years.

Rose Cooley Wolfarth (daughter of Mary Gaffaney and John Cooley and first cousin to James Gaffaney, senior) carried a gene of the version of ALS that is hereditary. I have heard that the University of Minnesota did a study on this disease in the Cooley family. Rose died of Alzheimer's at the age of 59. She had three children:

In 1973 Betty Wolfarth Winter died of ALS at the age of 47 after having it for five years. She and her husband Lloyd had three children, two boys and a girl, all of whom are subject to getting ALS. As of about 2000, none of them had children, and by choice. In 1986 Richard Wolfarth died of ALS at the age of 53, after having it for five years. Donald Wolfarth died of Alzheimer's in 1993 at the age of 66 after having it two years.

James Gaffaney (junior) and Harold Gaffaney (brothers) are first cousins of Betty, Richard and Donald. Jimmy Gaffaney died of ALS at the age of 71 in 1978, after having it five years or less. [A variant is called Progressive Bulbar Palsy, all of whose symptoms I think he had, and is very similar to what his brother Harold had].

None of Jimmy's 13 kids has shown and evidence of ALS that I'm aware of, and there's a 50% chance that any one of them would get it if it were the hereditary form, so I'm doubtful that he had that form. Update 2/14/2015: Jimmy's daughter Janet has ALS.

Harold Gaffaney died of Pseudobulbar Palsy at the age of 62 in 1973, which has many similar ALS symptoms, but also includes dementia. Harold's son Delbert died of either "Pick's Disease," according to his son Jim, or ALS according to some of his siblings.

Margaret Mary Egan Parks (1946-1995) died at the age of 48 of ALS. She is my (David Gaffaney) 4th cousin. She descends from the Rooney line.

Married ‎23 Oct 1939 Lake Mary, Douglas, Minnesota, USA
Lake Reno Catholic Church
(34 years married) to:

woman Christine Josephine HIEBEL‏‎
Born ‎26 Dec 1919 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA, died ‎11 Feb 2015 West St. Paul, Dakota Co, MN‎, 95 years
Christine (Hiebel) Gaffaney, 95, Inver Grove Heights, died peacefully on February 11, 2015.

She is survived by son, Melvin (Janice) of Stacy; and daughters, Joyce (Gunda) Cook of Taylors Falls and Mavis (Dan) Berg of Newport.

She was preceded in death by husband, Harold; daughters, Phyllis (Guertin), Judith (Cook); and son, Delbert.

There will be a graveside service and burial on June 18 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria, followed by lunch at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m.

The priest who said the mass was Fr. Steve Binsfeld (who was born, I believe, June 5, 1951).


woman Phyllis Patricia GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎16 Oct 1940 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA, died ‎17 Feb 2003‎, 62 years
Phyllis died of throat cancer. She was a smoker.

Phyllis Patricia Guertin

Guertin, Phyllis Patricia - Beloved Wife, Mother & Grandmother Age 62 of St. Paul Park on Feb. 17, 2003 after a year long battle with cancer. Survived by her husband of 42 yrs. Vern; children Laurie Guertin, Pamela (Greg) Lane, David, Susan (Mark) Erickson, Stephanie (Jay) Halbert, Robert, Michelle Guertin, & Scott (Teresa); her mother Christine Gaffaney; brothers Melvin (Janice) Gaffaney, Delbert (Denise) Gaffaney; sisters Joyce (Gunda) Cook, & Mavis (Dan) Berg; and numerous grandchildren. Preceded in death by her father Harold Gaffaney; and sister Judy Cook. Graveside Service 11AM Friday, Feb. 21 at the NEWPORT CEMETERY, Newport with a luncheon to follow at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Activities Bldg. 920 Holley Ave. St. Paul Park. Visitation Thursday 6-8PM with a prayer service 7:30PM at KOK FUNERAL HOME, 1201 Portland Ave. St. Paul Park (651-459-2875). Special thank you to Lakeview Hospice nurses, staff, & volunteers for their care and assistance during this difficult time, also special thanks to Chad Bushman for providing the Eulogy. Memorials preferred to Lakeview Hospice, Stillwater, MN.

Published in Pioneer Press from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2003
woman Judith Dorothy GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎11 Jul 1943 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA, died ‎9 Jul 1999 St Paul, Ramsey Co, MN‎, 55 years
Judy died of a lung disease. She was a smoker.
woman Mavis Christine GAFFANEY‏ PRIVACY FILTER
man Delbert Francis GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎14 May 1956 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA, died ‎18 Apr 2013 Minnesota‎, 56 years
Remains cremated.